Jennifer Thomas, LDS musician and composer, is on FIRE! She recently won Park City Film Festival’s Gold Medal of Excellence for Original Music in a Short Film for her work in Minuet. There were over 200 films selected for review this year, and it was Jennifer’s first film score.
Before the excitement of winning had even slightly worn off, she received a Hollywood Music in Media Awards nomination for her classical crossover arrangement of J. S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. There is a version of it here, and it is also being re-mastered for Jennifer’s new album. The HMM Awards honor film scores, commercial music composers, video game composers, and independent musicians in every musical genre. It is the only awards platform of its kind, and it will be the real deal: red carpet, media coverage, and after-parties. Jennifer humbly says that even if she doesn’t win, it will be a great experience to meet others in her field.
With all of the projects she has going on, she still found the time to let me interview her. I was thrilled.
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Linescratcher Jennifer Thomas has been working all Summer on a film score for an independent short film called Minuet. Fans and readers will be happy to see that Jennifer has released the unmastered tracks from the film on her blog. Awesome chance to hear them before you see the film.
As far as the film goes, it has been filmed and is intended to be entered into film festivals soon. Jennifer has given a synopsis of the film on her website: Continue reading “Jennifer Thomas reveals Minuet score”
The Up Beat (film) – Brandon Smith, director
Recommended if you like: Ska music, well-made documentary films on interesting topics, big, brassy horn sections, upbeat music, dancing, family-friendly fun.
Ska music, like swing music, punk, and disco, is one of those subgenres of music that occasionally has moments of popularity, but is usually ridiculed as a fad. Ska music is a mix of calypso with American soul and rock from the ’50s, exemplified by big horn sections, danceable rhythms, and upbeat party- (and usually family-) friendly lyrics. For those of you who are either too old or too young to remember, ska’s last moment in the pop culture spotlight happened in the mid-’90s, with the most successful bands being The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, and (some would consider) No Doubt. However, as we learn in The Up Beat, a new documentary now available on DVD, from editor/producer/director Brandon Smith, ska music has a rich history and, during the ’90s, there were few places where ska was more popular than Utah. Continue reading “The Up Beat Film Review/Brandon Smith Interview”